2016 Nissan Frontier vs. 2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Honda Ridgeline

When you want a midsize truck that can get 20 combined mpg and still tow a couple tons for work or a fishing trip, then you're probably looking at the 2016 Nissan Frontier vs. 2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Honda Ridgeline. All three have a midsize starting price, but some are significantly higher than the others, as the 2016 Frontier starts with an MSRP under $20,000, while the 2017 Tacoma is more than $24,000 and the 2017 Ridgeline is nearly $30,000. While the 2016 Frontier is by far the most affordable, it does not skimp on the options or features, as it can tow the most of the three trucks with the right tow package, at 6,500 pounds, nearly a ton more than the 2017 Ridgeline's 5,000 and a notch better than the 2017 Tacoma's 6,400.

The 2017 Ridgeline has an edge in maximum HP at 280 for all trim levels, while the 2016 Frontier tops out at 261 HP and the Tacoma tips the performance scales at 278 HP, but the Frontier has a wider variety of model configurations for all needs and prices, with everything from 2.5L 4-cylinder engines for King Cab models to 4.0L V6 engine King Cabs to 4.0L V6 Crew Cab configurations. And the 2016 Frontier has the awards to back up these advantages, as we'll see.

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 2016 Nissan Frontier Vs. 2017 Toyota Tacoma 2017 Honda Ridgeline
19, 23 MPG (city, highway) 19, 24 19, 26
6,500 Max. Towing Capacity (pounds) 6,400 5,000
Yes "Highest Ranked Mid-Size Truck in Initial Quality" by J.D. Power? No No
Yes 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award? No No
$18,920 Starting MSRP $24,120 $29,475

Find the Truck that Turns Heads in Davis and Vacaville CA

Not only is the 2016 Nissan Frontier the most affordable of the three trucks here, it can tow the most and also has the most glistening trophy case. This is thanks to awards like the 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award for midsize trucks, which means of all pickups in this class for 2015 and 2016 models the 2016 Frontier had the highest new owner satisfaction according to 50 criteria. The Frontier was also the "Highest Ranked Mid-Size Truck in Initial Quality” by J.D. Power in its 2016 Initial Quality Study, which means it had the fewest mechanical issues in the first 90 days of ownership among midsize trucks. The Tacoma and Ridgeline did not share these honors.

Add to this the 2016 Frontier's available Bluetooth hands-free phone, its 33.5 cubic feet of truck bed cargo volume and family-friendly safety features like LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) and you have yourself the truck that can go off-road, pull a boat or fit into a spot at work with ease. We proudly carry the 2016 Nissan Frontier at Nissan of Vacaville, located at 671 Orange Drive in Vacaville, CA. For more information please contact us at (888) 591-1861 or come see us in person to see our inventory and test drive a Nissan Maxima today.

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